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Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for South of Scotland, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s ?35 million investment in rural communities and projects across Scotland. In this latest round of funding, Ayrshire’s Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex is set to receive ?450,000 to rebuild their existing ski slope and add a new slope for beginners. The funding will also help create 8 new jobs at the not-for-profit charity, which is run by the community and offers opportunities for disadvantaged excluded children to use the facilities.

The Scottish Government’s investment will safeguard 400 jobs and create a further 500 new jobs in rural areas. This funding from the Rural Priorities scheme will support a range of business development measures and help tackle some of the Scottish Government's key priorities by enhancing biodiversity, increasing renewable energy and reducing the effects of climate change.

Commenting on the investment by the Scottish Government, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"This new investment of over ?35 million in our rural communities by the Scottish Government will help to create new businesses, secure jobs and kick-start a wide range of projects to tackle climate change and enhance biodiversity.

"The creation of a further 500 jobs across the country will give a boost to rural communities in Scotland, especially during this time of economic uncertainty.

"The Scottish Government is a strong supporter of rural Scotland and

through the Rural Priorities Scheme, which was created in 2008 it has invested ?378 million in 4,850 projects in rural communities throughout Scotland."

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